HI, officially a new member, Been a lurker for a bit and I think tonight I'll finally join in, I'll post my introduction and the rest of my flock when I'm a little less heartbroken.
I've got two khaki campbells, they are my first ducks and we're still young got them earlier this year and they are pretty beloved pets, Wasabi and Ginger
well had, I made dinner last night and went out to check on everyone but I found Ginger my female standing alone which isn't normal. The two are inseparable, have been since they were ducklings, where he goes she goes and vice versa. I went searching, Shaking his favorite treats (meal worms) and calling out, he normally comes running but no luck.I hoped he return today. He didn't.. searched again for the most of the day, tried putting her in carrier and using her quacks to draw him out or at least pinpoint where hes at if he's hurt but no signs of him or any signs of tracks of feathers. nothing showing me something bad happened.
I've got a creek on the property and I let them play in pools and wander the stream but they always come home and never have ventured far out of sight...
so now my questions...
I know predators is the initial thought, I've never had an issue thus far, He's a pretty brave little guy. I've seen him protect her and me from guests and strangers.Everyone gets securely put up at dusk and it would have meant an attack during daylight while I was close by, and she was too, not to mention all the rest of my birds seemed fine and not spooked. Should I be more careful about letting everyone out? any clue what I'm facing?
We've had a bit of a cold snap here, this may be a silly inexperienced first time duck owner question but is possible that his migratory instincts kicked in? He hasn't shown much interest in flying and from what I read I didn't think it would happen but I just can't imagine him wandering off when he's got a happy mate, a creek, warm coop, and plenty of food and love.
and while I'm still holding out hope that he does come back final question for you guys is how do I help Ginger adjust to life as a single duck,
She spent the morning quacking and looking for her friend and then seemed kinda mopey but ultimately ended up trying to hang out with my four hens just to get picked on and rejected each time she got close. Broke my heart a bit, is there anything I can do beside running out and trying to find a replacement duck to ease to transition of this loss if he doesn't come home?